By Jueseppi B.
Weekly Address: The First Lady Marks Mother’s Day and Speaks Out on the Tragic Kidnapping in Nigeria
Published on May 10, 2014
In this week’s address, First Lady Michelle Obama honored all mothers on this upcoming Mother’s Day and offered her thoughts, prayers and support in the wake of the unconscionable terrorist kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls.
Mensaje De La Casa Blanca
Published on May 10, 2014
En el mensaje de esta semana, la Asistente Especial del Presidente y Directora de Comunicaciones a la Primera Dama, María Cristina González Noguera envió un saludo a todas las mamás en el Día de las Madres este fin de semana y ofreció sus oraciones y apoyo a los familiares de las 200 niñas nigerianas que fueron secuestradas.
Remarks by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice at Palmachim Air Force Base, Israel
NSA Susan Rice reaffirms U.S. support for Israel’s security
Published on May 9, 2014
National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice headed a delegation of top administration officials to…See more National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice headed a delegation of top administration officials to Israel where she held productive bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Netanyahu, President Peres and National Security Advisor Yossi Cohen, and participated in the U.S.-Israel Consultative Group meetings. The intensive and highly constructive meetings covered a range of bilateral and regional security issues. Ambassador Rice said after a tour of the Arrow 3 missile defense facility at Palmachim Air Force Base: “Visiting this base it’s clear that the strength and depth of the security cooperation between Israel and the United States has never been greater. … There can be no doubt whatsoever: America’s commitment to Israel’s security is unwavering and ironclad. … Every American dollar spent on Israel’s security is an investment in protecting the many interests that our nations share. … Thank you all for your service and for your friendship with the American people.”
Good morning everyone, it’s really wonderful to be back in Israel, and I want to start by congratulating the people of Israel on your celebration of 66 years of independence this week. I met with President Peres and Prime Minister Netanyahu on my visit over the last couple of days, and I had a chance to convey President Obama’s warmest wishes as well.
I want to begin by saying to Yossi and General Shohat, as you know I just had the opportunity to take a tour and see the outstanding work you’re doing to keep the Israeli people secure. Visiting this base, it’s clear that the strength and depth of the security cooperation between Israel and the United States has never been greater. Indeed under President Obama’s leadership, we’ve taken our security cooperation to unprecedented levels.
Just two months ago, our governments signed an agreement, under which nearly half a billion dollars from the United States will be invested in the Iron Dome system. That will take our total investment in Iron Dome, which has saved countless Israeli lives, to nearly $900 million – a sign of our continued commitment to Israel’s security. We’re going to fund additional batteries that will protect more Israeli communities, military bases, and critical infrastructure from rocket and mortar attacks. And that’s why, here at Palmachim Air Force Base, where brave Israeli men and women in uniform operate cutting edge American and Israeli technology, there can be no doubt whatsoever: America’s commitment to Israel’s security is unwavering and ironclad.
Together, we’ve made enormous progress in our missile defense technology, including in the Arrow 3 and David’s Sling programs. But obviously, our work is not done. We will continue our joint research, our joint investment and our joint training. We remain deeply committed to Israel’s qualitative military edge, and this impressive facility and all the work being done here is a wonderful example of that enduring partnership.
The American people care deeply about the people of Israel. We admire your commitment to advancing the values of a free and open society, while facing the uncertainties of living in a very challenging neighborhood. Our two nations are forever bound by our shared history and our shared values, and every American dollar spent on Israel’s security is an investment in protecting the many interests that our nations share—whether that’s preventing rockets from terrorizing the Israeli people, defending against the growing ballistic missile threat in the region, or advancing our commitment to defend freedom and democracy.
Thank you all for your service and for your friendship with the American people.
Weekly Wrap Up: Climate Change Is Here, the President Is Taking Action, and More
This week, the President attended the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner; the most comprehensive report on the effects of climate change was released, Dr. Jill Biden and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan met with educators at the White House; and more. Check out what else you may have missed in this week’s wrap up.
Over the weekend, the President attended the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner and, in keeping with the dinner’s tradition, assumed the role of Comedian-in-Chief in his remarks. From poking fun at the administration to jabs at the news media, many were roasted and few were spared.
President Obama ended his remarks on a high note, thanking the White House Correspondents’ Association for all of their hard work as the organization celebrated its 100th anniversary.
And in case you missed it, two Vice Presidents opened the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in a great new video.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Joe Biden: White House Correspondents’ Dinner 2014
Published on May 3, 2014
Watch what happens when Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Vice President Joe Biden do not go to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
This week, we released the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment, the most comprehensive source of scientific information to date about climate change and its impact across all regions of the U.S. and on critical sectors of our economy. Read the full report here and learn about the President’s plan to prepare for the effects of climate change that are happening right now.
For the faint of heart, here’s Dr. John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, explaining the report in less than 3 minutes:
And the White House solar panels finally got to have their day in the sun, with a featured role in the latest edition of “Inside the White House.”
Back in January during the State of the Union address, the President announced that he would take action to expand opportunities for American families wherever and whenever he can — with Congress or without. Watch President Obama describe in his own words the actions he’s taken so far this year — like raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour for all federal contractors, addressing the gender pay gap, and giving everyday Americans a chance to save for retirement.
On Wednesday, we invited 22 teachers from across the country to attend a White House Social celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week. Social guests joined Dr. Jill Biden and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in a roundtable discussion on educational excellence and student preparedness.
President Obama Honors the 2014 Teacher of the Year and Finalists
Published on May 1, 2014
President Obama honors the 2014 National and State Teacher of the Year and finalists, thanking them for their hard work and dedication each and every day in the classroom. May 1, 2014.
More than three weeks ago, a group of extremist militants kidnapped more than 200 teenage girls from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Nigeria. The President announced that the U.S. will assist efforts in Nigeria to find and free the girls, and the First Lady joined in the global campaign to help the missing girls and showed solidarity with their families:
To see even more of this week’s events, watch the latest episode of West Wing Week below: